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>> thank you, supervisor kim. we have one final commendation today being provided by our district 1 colleague, supervisor mar. >> thank you, president chiu. we're really honored to have the owner for the past 40 years of one of the most historic icons of san francisco on the cliff house. if mr. hunt lick could come forward. dan hunt lick is here from the cliff house. you probably remember at the last board meeting i introduced a resolution that would honor the 150 years that the cliff house this coming saturday, july 12, 2013 at cliff house day in the city and county of san francisco. but i did want to acknowledge that mr. hunt lick and his wife
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mary have been running the cliff house for 30 years, but his family goes way back much further from the days that dan when he was 6 years old, the 1941, began selling peanuts outside of his father's shop right there at where sutro bath and the clubhouse was. the cliff house is one of our city's icons that was founded in 1863 and over the decades cliff house has with stood a handful of destructive storms, two major earthquakes, three nearby fires, two closures, several facelifts, swinging 60s, not so swinging 70s and continual weather challenges. one of my favorite memories as a much younger person was playing the old pinball machines in the first floor, but also the funky pinball [speaker not understood], i believe you ran as well. one of my favorite bars in the city especially to watch the sunset and especially one of the most romantic places in the city as well.
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this week and next week the cliff house will be hosting a series of celebrations and i have the honor -- i'll have the honor of attending with many other people from our communities that kickoff celebration of the cliff house's 150th anniversary on friday. the following week july 17 and 18 the cliff house will display the site's amazing history. the terrace room of the cliff house is going to be transformed into a historical museum which is totally free with exhibits, local historian seminars and collectors presenting antiques and stories of the past. and i believe the western neighborhoods project, the outside [speaker not understood].com folks and others will be participating. and for both days it will be open from 1:30 to 8:30 with free admission. and for more detail on the exhibit you can go to cliff house.com for all the great details. and the week culminates with a great grand celebration on friday, july 19, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the terrace
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room. and the ticket price, believe it or not, $18.63 per person and the that was the year the cliff house was built, of course, it includes tastings and dancing. and you can buy tickets at cliff house.com. i just wanted to also say that mr. hunt lick i mentioned has been there with his family for many years even beyond his running of the cliff house. his dad ran the snack shop that was next to the cliff house and in the 1920s also his cousin runs lilly's which is just up the street. and now alongside the national park service, the [speaker not understood] family also launched the restoration of the cliff house about 10 years ago, completed in 2004 and it's an amazing place. i hope you keep coming out. i missed the [speaker not understood] and the pinball
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machine, but it's one of the most beautiful places in our city and maybe the country. through the efforts, the hunt lick's dan and mary have given so much to san francisco in a historic memory of our city. and they also are giving back to allow us to remember and really understand our history of san francisco and our ocean beach treasure, the cliff house. please join me in honoring dan hunt lick and really celebrating the 150 years of the cliff house. thank you so much, mr. hunt lick. (applause) >> we're honored. i'll accept this for the cliff house. of course, my wife couldn't be here, but i want to thank you. it's been a wonderful 40 years of making people happy out there. thank you. (applause)
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>> thank you, colleagues. that concludes our 2:30 special commendations for today. why don't we go to item 9. madam clerk. >> item 9 is an ordinance approving an amendment to the mission bay south redevelopment plan which modifies the land use designation for certain property to add residential as permitted use and to increase the permitted residential density in the area plan. >> supervisor wiener. >> thank you, mr. president. i support this. i pulled it off because i have a clarifying -- clarification from the city attorney's office. colleagues, as you'll recall, both of the land use committee and at the first reading on this item, i had raised the issue that of the $21 million in impact fees i think exactly zero dollars and zero cents were going to transit impact fees which is, in my view, a real systemic problem that we have in the city that transit and bike fees tend to go to the
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bottom of the barrel and frequently projects are totally exempt because we have exemptions that you can drive a mack truck through. since then, an issue or question has arisen about whether the transit impact development fee applies to this project and to mission bay projects generally. that is an issue that the city attorney will resolve and this is going to be either a yes or no answer. it doesn't have to be resolved today. although my question is whether anything -- whether our passage of this item today will impact an obligation or lack thereof to pay tid off. >> deputy city attorney jon givner. the answer to your question, supervisor, is no. this item today will not impact the obligation to pay tidf. >> okay. so, if there is an objectly i gotion which there may may not be, the obligation would remain despite our passage of this item? >> that's correct.
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our office will get back to you on the question you've asked. >> okay, thank you very much. then with that said, i'm comfortable passing this item today. >> okay, thank you. colleagues, let's take a roll call vote on item it 9. >> on item 9, supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. supervisor campos? campos aye. supervisor chiu? chiu aye. supervisor cohen? cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell aye. supervisor kim? kim aye. supervisor mar? mar aye. supervisor tang? tang aye. there are 11 ayes. >> the ordinance is finally passed. [gavel] >> why don't we go now to item 22. >> item 22 is a resolution approving a restated option agreement for the sale of surplus lands underedth jurisdiction of the san francisco public utilities commission located in mountain view, santa clara county, california, near the
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intersection of wisman and [speaker not understood] california company, a joint venture in the amount of $8.1 million and reserving an easement to the sfpuc. >> supervisor avalos. >> just a question. it's been answered. so, i'm ready to vote on it. >> okay, roll call vote. >> on item 222, supervisor wiener? wiener aye. supervisor yee? yee aye. supervisor avalos? avalos aye. supervisor breed? breed aye. supervisor campos? campos aye. supervisor chiu? chiu aye. >> supervisor cohen? cohen aye. supervisor farrell? farrell aye. supervisor kim? kim aye. supervisor mar? mar aye. supervisor tang? tang aye. there are 11 ayes. ~ >> the resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> next item, madam clerk. if we could call items 24 and 25. >> 24 and 25 are the ordinances amending chapter 31 of the administrative code to reflect the regions and update and clarify certain procedures to
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the california and environmental quality act. >> supervisor wiener. >> i move to continue items 24 and 25 one week to june -- excuse me, to july 16th. >> colleagues, supervisor wiener has made a motion to continue this item for a week seconded by supervisor kim. without objection, these two items will be continued for one week. [gavel] >> item 26. >> item 26 is an ordinance appropriating $1.5 million from the rainy day fund from the san francisco unified school district for fiscal year 2012 through 13. >> colleagues, can we do this same house same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> items 27 to 31 representing the proposed budget. >> item 27 is the proposed budget of annual appropriation ordinance appropriating the estimated receipts and expenditures as of may 31st, 2013 for fiscal years ending june 30th, 2014 through june 30th, 2015. item 28 is the annual salary ordinance enumerating positions in the annual budget and appropriation ordinance for the fiscal years ending june 30th,
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2014 and june 30th, 2015. item 29 is the resolution approving the treasure island development authority. item 30 is the resolution approving the office of community investment and infrastructure budget. item 31 is a resolution concurring with the controller certification that services previously approved can be performed by private contractor for a lower cost than similarly performed by city and county employees for various services. that's it, mr. president. >> thank you, madam clerk. colleagues, under our city charter as you know the board cannot adopt the budget that is proposed by the budget committee any earlier than july 15th. so, could i have a motion to continue these four items -- >> mr. president, i believe that's july 16th. 15th. >> correct. so, if we could have a motion to continue these items to the 16th. motion by supervisor mar. seconded by supervisor breed. without objection, these items will be continued to that date. [gavel]
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>> item 32. >> item 32 is an ordinance appropriating and de appropriating approximately $721,000 incremented salaries to the sheriff's department for overtime in the current year fiscal year 2012 through 2013. this ordinance requires two-thirds vote, mr. president. >> colleagues, can we do this same house same call? without objection this item is passed on first reading. [gavel] >> item 33. >> >> item 33, [speaker not understood] in the current fiscal year 2012 through 13. >> same house same call? >> this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> item 34. >> item 34 is an ordinance authorizing the department of technology to retroactively accept and expend a grant in the amount of approximately $258,000 from the national science foundation in making an amendment to the annual sail ordinance for fish consolidate
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year 2014 to reflect the addition of 113 81 special assistant decision at the department of technology. >> same house same call? ~ this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> item 35. >> item 35 is an ordinance adopting and amending [speaker not understood] fiscal year 12-13, 14 between the city and the service employees international union local 10 to 1, staff and per diem nurses by implementing specified terms and conditions of employment for fiscal year 13-14. >> colleagues, same house same call in this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> next item. >> item 36 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to allow the director of property and the department of -- from the department of real estate in consultation with the director of the film commission to lease and sublease property to film companies for film related activities and expanding the production costs eligible for the film rebate program. >> supervisor farrell. >> thanks, president chiu. colleagues, this film rebate
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program amendment covers a slight change to a program supervisor wiener introduced two years ago here at the board of supervisors. the film rebate program has always been about jobs here in san francisco and continue to be filming and production work for movies, televisions and commercials contributes to our city in many ways. providing jobs to local crews and background extras, creates a significant amount of local spending not only on salaries, but on hotels, restaurants, car rentals and so forth, and contributes to worldwide recognition of our city and icons on the big screen. the rebate program has actually been a very big success, bringing in high profile films and productions in san francisco, one of the most being woody allen's film blue jasmine which will have the first screening in the presidio in a few weeks, july 26 if you want to check it out. in october 11 our office produced and introduced legislation including documentary films, [speaker not understood] into the rebate program. and we have seen an increase in filming activity because of that change and continue to be mindful of what we need to do here at the city as we continue
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to diversify our economy to make the rebate program a success. in terms of the legislation before you today we found the although the film rebate program is attractive to many producers we are falling short on thability to offer adequate space to film production companies. while application to film rebate programs are increasing we find ourselves in a situation where we actually don't have the stage space for productions to build our cover sets and having the right kind of space is critical to any production. this legislation is a tweak and will allow the executive director of the film commission to lease space for production companies after determining no suitable city property is available. the rent payments will be added as a qualified production cost and become part of the film company's total rebate. maximum rebate remains $600,000 for single production. it is important to note i want to make sure everyone knows this legislation does not increase funding for the rebate program and any rent payments would be taken from the existing funds in the rebate program. i want to thank supervisor
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campos for adding his name to the legislation always before the gao committee last week. also like to thank local 16, team series and [speaker not understood] after they came to committee to support this legislation and for their commitment to the film industry in san francisco. and lastly want to thank susanne robbins who stuck around here, the executive director of our film hi for your continued diligence in boosting our film economy in the city. we will continue to work with ms. robbins to find space for film production in san francisco. thank you for your continued support of the film rebate program and ask for your support today. >> colleagues, can we take this ordinance same house same call? this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> item 37. >> item 37 is approving the issuance of one or more tax exempt revenue obligations by the california statewide communities development authority in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed 19 million to finance capital
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[speaker not understood] at the office of public finance. >> same house same call? this resolution is adopted. item 38. >> [gavel] >> item 38 is an ordinance amending the planning code for the castro street neighborhood commercial district use side [speaker not understood] allowing a neighborhood serving nonprofit institution to exceed the use hours limit with a conditional use authorization making the required findings. >> supervisor wiener. >> thank you, mr. president. before us today is legislation that would authorize the planning commission to consider as a conditional use a larger size from the castro street neighborhood commercial district that would otherwise allow -- it would be limited to nonprofit uses that provide direct services to the neighborhood. this legislation will provide a path forward for the san francisco aids foundation in its effort to create a comprehensive hiv health center in the castro. it would consolidate a number of the foundation's existing services including magnets, stop aids project and the stone
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wall project into a single comprehensive location. it will be a state-of-the-art facility and provide community space and gallery space on the ground floor with an active ground floor frontage. the legislation has been supported by various merchant and resident groups in the castro as well as the planning commission and the small business commission. colleagues, as we all know, the hiv epidemic continues, is particularly acute in san francisco and the castro. in light of the it being federal cuts to hiv funding which we are working very hard and we successfully backfilled in the budget committee as part of our budget process, this project, given that context is very exciting and a welcome opportunity for our community. so, colleagues, i ask for your support of this important legislation. >> supervisor campos. >> thank you, mr. president. i just want to thank supervisor wiener for bringing this item forward.
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i think it's something that it makes a great deal of sense and i'd like to be added as a co-sponsor. >> colleagues, can we take this item same house same call? without objection this ordinance is passed on the first reading. [gavel] >> colleagues, if we could just take a moment to go to our 3:00 p.m. special order. madam clerk, could you call items 47 to 50? >> items 47 through 50 comprise the special order 3:00 p.m. for a public hearing of persons interested in the historic preservation commission's decision dated may 15th, 2013, approving a major permit to alter for an interior and exterior rehabilitation as well as seismic upgrade of the aronson building at 7 06 mission street and new construction with up to ~ 250 residential units and a museum adjacent to the aronson building located partially within the new montgomery mission 2nd street conservation districts. items 48, 49 and 50 are the motions associated with that public hearing. >> supervisor kim.
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>> thank you. i'm with the agreement of both parties. i'd like to make a motion to continue this item to i believe it's july 23rd, is that correct? >> that's what i understand. supervisor kim has made a motion to continue these items to the 23rd of july, seconded by supervisor farrell. without objection, these items will be continued to that date. [gavel] >> madam clerk, can we go back to item 39? >> item 39 is an ordinance amending the building health public works codes for soil and/or groundwater testing requirements revising boundaries and types of projects for which soil testing is required, and requiring testing of groundwater under other specified circumstances and making the required findings. >> colleagues, can we do this same house same call? without objection, this ordinance is passed on the first read. next item. [gavel] >> item 40 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to transfer responsibility for child care feasibility studies from the department of children youth and their families to the office of early care and education in the human services agency and the child
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care facilities enter agency committee. ~ >> colleagues, same house same call? this ordinance is passed on the first read. [gavel] >> item 41. >> item 41 is an ordinance issuing [speaker not understood] license to dennis laurie [speaker not understood] doing business cafe terminus located at 10 through 16 california street will serve the public convenience. >> colleagues, same house same call? this resolution is adopted. [gavel] >> item 42. >> item 42 is an ordinance amending the administrative code to establish the bayview hunters point citizens advisory committee to provide policy advice to the city on planning and land use matters for zone 2 of the bayview hunters point redevelopment project area. >> colleagues, same house same call? this ordinance is passed on the first read. [gavel] >> next item. >> item 43 is an ordinance amending the municipal elections code to specify that the water information pamphlet will include a portion of the legal text of any initiative ordinance declaration of policy
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or bond measure that exceeds 100 pages. >> president chiu. >> thank you, mr. chair. colleagues, this is legislation that was in front of the rules committee. i want to thank them for their support of it, that would reduce the amount of material that's required to be in this november's handbook for each of the half a million voters which will save the city close to $1.7 million in printing and mailing costs. and this is really to address what i believe is a once in a generation situation. you may recall last year we had a debate about the washington [speaker not understood] project and whether to approve an ordinance that would increase the height on the waterfront for the first time in over four decades. the ordinance itself was five pages long but included 500 pages of technical environmental review documents. since we knew that a voter referendum with a 500-page measure might be possible, i tried to amend the legislation last year to reduce the number of pages so that we would avoid the possibility of a phone book-size ballot pamphlet printed at taxpayer expense
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containing hundreds of pages of graphs, technical transportation analyses and redundant memoranda that would inform no one. at the time the washington developer wanted the full text of the measure to be included to make it harder to gather signatures. since we knew or we know now that our city could incur enormous costs for these massive handbooks, both supervisor wiener and i had introduced very similar legislation to reduce the amount of material required to be included in the ballot handbook. the legislation we have in front of us would allow the department of elections to not include the full legal text of ballot measures whose text exceed 100 pages and only require the printing of the first 20 pages of those ballot measures with the remainder of the information to be provided either in our local libraries, online, or at the department of the elections or to be mailed to voters at their expense. just want to mention the elections [speaker not understood] and are supportive of what we're doing. the one thing i do ask is after
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we adopt this for this election cycle, after the election cycle we repeal the ordinance because they believe and we all believe this is truly a once in a generation situation that does not need a longer term fix. so, with that, colleagues, i ask for your support. >> colleagues, can we take this same house same call? same house same call, this ordinance passes on first reading. [gavel] >> madam clerk, can you please call the next item? >> item 34 is a charter amendment second draft to amend the charter of the city and county of san francisco to limit retiree health care trust fund disbursement, deferral participating retiree health care costs, allow for difficult burstments from the city's subraft under certain circumstances ~, allow for the modifications to the disbursement guidelines, and make the controller, city treasure and executive of the retirees system, members of the trust fund board. >> supervisor farrell. >> thank you, president chiu. colleagues, today we have before us a charter amendment to send to the voters this november to solve our city's
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approximately $4-1/2 billion unfunded retiree health care liability that sits on our books. this vote today on the charter amendment is a product of over six months of work and dedication and time by many stakeholders put to solving one of our city's last major structural financial issues. as we all know, rising health care costs and the ability for employers to pay for these costs has been a growing issue across our country and our state and here locally in san francisco for decades. health care spending in the u.s. alone is over $3 trillion a year and rising and affects our private sector and public sector alike. we are all consumers of health care. last year our controller's office issued a report which benchmarks san francisco's current unfunded health care liability at $4.4 billion. this $4.4 billion opeb liability [speaker not understood] earned by current employees and tire aloes. like many major cities, san francisco breaks down to $13,500 per household is funded
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on a pay as you go basis out of our general fund and only 1% much this 4-1/2 billion dollars has been saved. with prop b 2008 and prop c in 2011, city employees are starting to contribute more into our retiree health care trust fund. however, this retiree health care trust fund is loued to be drained in 2020 which would negate any et ceterav to move to a fully funded model and cult palo altoly reduce our general fund annual contributions. currently we're paying about $150 million a year out of our general fund into retiree health care and this number is going to rise to approximately 500 million dollars a year out of our general fund in the next 20 years and continue basically into perpetuity. this charter amendment solves our 4-1/2 billion dollars unfunded retiree health care liability without requiring any additional concessions or contributions from employees and without reducing or changing any of their benefits. we're simply requiring more fiscal discipline here at city hall. the goals of the charter amendment are straightforward and will put our city on
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further stable financial ground for generations to come. through this measure we will effectively switch from a pay as you go model to a fully funded model to pay for our retiree health care costs. through this measure we will cap our city employee contribution to 10% of payroll so that we limit our own city's financial exposure and also refine the governance procedures of the trust fund. this unfunded liability has accrued over generations of time and this measure will solve our problem in one generation's time. through this measure we will ensure that our children are not paying for our retiree health care benefits down the road. the charter amendment has a number of positive implications for our city and its financial well-being. through this measure the $4.4 billion liability will be wiped off our books in approximately 30 years. the switch to a pre-funded system provides more balanced generational equity, current generation of workers pay the cost for our current generation's future liabilities. the switch also results in
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major cost savings for san francisco. the pre-funded assets of investment income that will be used to pay portions of the benefits cost, reducing the cost of future tax payers and employees. as an added benefit, as our liabilities decrease, this will be a major factor and credit rating agencies review of our city's bond rating which as we know strong bond ratings mean low borrowing costs which saves taxpayers and our budget and budget committee tens of millions of dollars a year potentially down the road. most importantly from my perspective, this takes retiree health care off the table and no longer becomes a political football and secures retiree health care for our retirement -- excuse me, for our employees that have retired here in the city and county of san francisco. i'm proud and want to thank my co-sponsor of this legislation and charter amendment, supervisor scott wiener, daty
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~ katy tang [speaker not understood]. the municipal executives association, mea, the fire fighters local 798, the police officers association, the alliance for jobs and sustainable growth, the san francisco chamber of commerce, our council of district merchants, as well as protect our benefits which is the reorganization here in the city and county of san francisco that continues to advocate for retirees here in the city. special thanks to mayor lee of his endorsement of this measure. there are a number of people that worked very, very hard over the past six months on this measure and i want to take a moment to thank them. first of all, my staff, [speaker not understood], kathrin, stephanie, margaret who spent countless hours on this and will continue to do so i imagine. our controller ben rosenfield and his staff who ent a ton of time on this with me and in meetings. mickey callahan and her staff in particular martin and emilie, and dhr for all of their hard work.
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our mayor's budget director kate howard who in the midst of budget season continued to spend a ton of time on this issue. and the dozens of labor and business leaders who have been part of our conversation over the past six months. today, colleagues, i'm asking you for your support of this charter amendment and ultimately i am confident that the voters of san francisco will support us in our efforts to solve our $4.4 billion liability and wipe it off our books. thanks very much. >> thank you. colleagues, it's my understanding this item has to sit for at least a week. so, supervisor farrell, are you making a motion that we do that? >> [inaudible]. >> okay. so, this item will be continued to the 16th. is there a second on that? second by supervisor breed. this item will be continued for one week. [gavel] >> item 45, madam clerk. >> item 45 is a motion reappointing supervisor eric mar to the association of bay area government's executive board for a term tending june 20th, 2015.